It's National Hairball Awareness Day - really!

IMG_2250Some of you may already know how I celebrated it this year - by making Lady Gaga out of cat fur (and a wee bit of doggeh fluff too). It's been quite a hit on Fuze amazingly enough!!!

But seriously, it's that time of year when cats shed like crazy and when they groom themselves, they can swallow a significant amount of fur; hence the oh-so-delightufl hairballs.

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Guest Post: dog and cat wellness questions with Dr Patrick Mahaney

It's Pet Wellness Month at Embrace so we asked the Embrace Facebook fans what they would Dr Patrick Mahaney to answer and here are the questions we selected to discuss:

  1. Sara: Do flea/tick and heartworm preventatives really have to be given every month? It seems like they might last longer but companies would still recommend them for every month to sell
    more product.
  2. Andrea: Why do I have to test my dog every year for heartworms if I give her her heartworm preventive all year?
  3. Amy: Shortage of Interceptor/Sentinel for herding breeds at risk of MDR1 gene mutation...this is my concern.
  4. Laura: Would it be a good idea to have my vet test my cat's blood every wellness visit just in case? If so, what would they test?
  5. Lea: how to pick a vet that’s right for you? Anything you’d specifically recommend apart from location?

The answers are all in the recording below:

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When you aren't sure if you need to go to the veterinary emergency room or not

Have you ever had that late night sudden discovery of some concerning pet medical issue and you wished you could ask a vet to let you know if you needed to make that late night visit to the emerg room? I had one of those a couple of weeks ago and had a great experience with VetLive, our partner for round-the-clock veterinary advice. 

Here's what happened.

Our outdoor cat, Lily, showed up at the house with a smear on her neck. I didn't think much of it as she'd recently come home covered in mud for some unknown reason (I know, she's a strange cat). The next day though, I did take a closer look and saw she'd actually cut her neck somehow. I gave the wound a wipe with a wet paper towel  to see how it looked and there was no hissing, no upset cat, only a little blood and it didn't look like an animal bite. All good so I thought.

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The Best Wellness Product in Pet Insurance

Usually I would say that "best" is in the eye of the beholder since what might be best for me might not be best for you. In the case of wellness with pet insurance though, it's hard to think of a situation where the Embrace Pet Insurance Wellness Rewards option isn't the best for everyone.

The Embrace Wellness Rewards works quite like a Health Spending Account and can save you a lot of money:

  • you pick one of the two Wellness Rewards options with your Embrace Pet Insurance policy - $200 or $400 limit
  • you can use the Wellness Rewards benefit the day you buy it - no waiting for the coverage to start the next day. That means you can buy it after your spay or neuter surgery and still have it covered if you buy the same day 
  • spend your Wellness dollars on wellness related care such as:
    • spay or neuter
    • flea or tick medication
    • routine vet visits and diagnostics
    • prescription diet foods (at the $400 Wellness Rewards Plus level)
    • and more
  • send in your claim form with your invoice and we'll reimburse you what you spent up to your annual limit
  • Best news of all? You do not have to pay a deductible and there's no copay percentage 

How do you save money? Well, the Wellness Rewards program costs less than the benefit you can get. And because we have no sublimits on each item and we pay you back exactly what you paid on your vet bill up to your limit, it's easy to max out your savings.

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Lady Gaga hairballed

Mama elephant holding babyLast year, we participated in Furminator's National Hairball Awareness Day by creating a Mama Elephant and Baby out of cat fur. It was pretty cute if I do say so myself.

This year, we're doing it again and there's a celebrity theme just to make it more interesting. My girls and I chose Lady Gaga as the celeb we would attempt to get a likeness of.

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